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Nuclear submarine programme should be considered in Fukushima review, says NIS

Nuclear Information Service is calling for the Royal Navy's nuclear propulsion programme to be included within the scope of the Health and Safety Executive's review of the UK nuclear industry following the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The UK's nuclear submarines are powered by pressurised water reactors (PWR) but, according to an official report, the Navy's nuclear reactor programme “currently falls short of current relevant good practice.

NIS calls for independent inquiry into fire at Atomic Weapons Establishment

The Nuclear Information Service (NIS) has written to the Health and Safety Executive calling for an independent inquiry into last night's fire at the Atomic Weapon's Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston.

 

New AWE Emergency Plan highlights chilling consequences of a nuclear accident

A newly published emergency plan for the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) gives a chilling insight into the grim consequences of a major accident at one of Berkshire's nuclear weapons factories.

Calls for greater transparency at AWE following contamination incident

Local Green campaigners are calling for increased transparency following AWE plc's failure to disclose to the public details of a radioactive contamination event that happened at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston in June 2009.

Faslane Safety Failures

Devastating admissions about one of Britain’s most significant nuclear sites are disclosed in MoD documents released under the Freedom of Information Act. The sprawling and heavily-defended base for the UK’s nuclear deterrent at Faslane, is a facility which dominates the coastline on a quiet sea loch north-west of Glasgow.

Hansard on AWE Burghfield Floods, Oct 27th 2008

Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency planning had been conducted at AWE Burghfield before the 2007 floods to prepare for such an eventuality; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard on MoD handling of Burghfield AWE floods

From Hansard: Defence AWE Burghfield: Floods Written Answers on 27th Oct 2008

Swamped!

Swamped! The devastating impact of the July 2007 floods on Britain's nuclear weapon's factories.

Download the full report below. You can also read the redacted version of AWE's 'Review Learn and Improve' assessment of the floods here.

Could Trident nuclear warheads accidentially go off 'like popcorn'?

From issue 2662 of New Scientist magazine, 26 June 2008, page 18: You might think nuclear weapons have been carefully designed not to go off by accident. Yet more than 1700 of them have design flaws that could conceivably cause multiple warheads to explode one after another - an effect known as "popcorning" - according to a UK Ministry of Defence safety manual.

In 2001 the MoD published an incomplete nuclear convoy accident list

The Illminster Accident

On 17th September 1988 on the A303 Illminster bypass an MG sports car crossed the road and collided head on with a Mammoth Major nuclear weapon transporter. The driver of the MG was killed and petrol from the car spilled around the Mammoth Major but did not ignite. The carrier ended up inches from a steep embankment.

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